May 27 2007

Take away my democracy? Okay. Just don’t mess with my favorite television station

Published by at 6:43 am under Current Events,politics,WorldView

Tens of thousands of Venezuelans marched today to the Caracas headquarters of an anti-government television station, which is being forced off the air after President Hugo Chavez’s administration refused to renew its broadcasting license.

Just so we’re clear, this is happening in the same country where virtually no one had anything to say when Chavez gave himself dictatorial powers and the country’s elected representatives went along with it.

Message to would-be-dictators everywhere: give yourself that promotion. Just don’t mess with the freedom of citizens to watch television.

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7 Responses to “Take away my democracy? Okay. Just don’t mess with my favorite television station”

  1. on 27 May 2007 at 7:53 am

    Do you have a clue of what you speak.
    Chavez is using the media laws of his country.
    This particular Station was a rabid nest of right wing kooks.
    If this same station was located in Canada it would not get licensed by the CTRC.
    There are certain standards that any TV or Radio station must follow if they are to get licensed.
    This is but one station of many,some of witch are or were openly critical of the government.
    The difference being they unlike this particular outlet accept and follow basic journalist ethics and standards.
    When a TV station openly supports a coup( a fact acknowledged by many media watch dogs around the world) in a democracy it is rightly held to account.
    You do know that a coup is the antithesis of democracy….
    It’s quit rich indeed that this very station is screaming foul,after it conspired(and got caught) against the very democratic rights and principles it now supposedly stands for.Like give me a break,how naive are you..
    Do a little research on this station and the people behind it.I am sure you will be surprised…
    Another point is Venezuela is a very polarized society.With a very virulent upper middle class,which has and has expressed some very undemocratic tendencies.And this same elite can not get over the fact that they can not do as they please anymore.Like they have been for decades.
    It was those very times that led to so many ordinary people rallying behind Chavez
    Ask your self why it took someone like Chavez to begin using oil income for the betterment of the people.How come for years a country with so much oil wealth had so much poverty and few means of helping its population.The vast majority living in poverty.Again a fact acknowledged by many many orgs and HGO’s outside of Venezuela .
    Chavez was voted in more than once each time with more and more support.
    But then what would the people know..
    At least get your facts right.
    Chavez has over whelming support and has made real difference in the lives of his people.
    But then what would the people know…

  2. on 27 May 2007 at 5:24 pm

    “You do know that a coup is the antithesis of democracy….”

    So what does that say about Chavez’ democratic credentials that he first tried to come to power through a coup? And what other conclusion could one come to about Venezuelan democracy when Chavez, with the willing support of its supine parliament, gives himself the power to rule by decree?

    You are defending a socialist dictator. Nice.

  3. on 28 May 2007 at 10:54 am

    The coup attempt you were talking about was in 1992.In responses to this….
    …”The Caracazo, an uprising in Caracas against the Perez government in February of 1989, was met with massive military repression which left over 3,000 dead. This event marked a turning point in the country’s socio-political landscape. Hugo Chavez, then a young colonel in the army, refused to participate in the Caracazco crack down and in 1992 led an attempted coup d’etat against the Perez government. When the coup failed, Chavez took the blame for it and was imprisoned until 1994.”…
    Did you read Chavez refused to participate in the on going repression
    And know the same upper class who had nothing to say back then,is screaming human rights and democracy now.O yeah that same upper class that supported the coup attempt against Chavez,with the support of the Bush government.The same guy who always talks about democracy.
    I guess that depends on who the people elect.
    Dictator indeed.Seems to me he was elected with over whelming support

  4. on 28 May 2007 at 2:58 pm

    You can candy-coat it, but the fact remains that Chavez tried to take over his country with a coup. And, yes, like many dictators before him, he was popularly elected before he began to consolidate his hold on the Venezuelan state (army, parliament, economy, media, etc). People who oppose Chavez are accused of being traitors, lose their jobs or just get beat up when they demonstrate in the streets. It is now a centralized state increasingly akin to the old Soviet Union. That ain’t democracy and Chavez is not a good leader for his people.

  5. on 29 May 2007 at 12:20 am

    Okay John you believe what you want…
    Its an evil dictator akin to the Soviet Union.
    Chavez was not elected his support does not continue to grow.
    The vast majority have never been better off than at ant time in thier history.
    Believe what you want.Obviously you are talking from an ideological position.
    I am just suger coating?????Why would I.
    What would I have to gain?

    If read what I said you would know I critic “left” and right.I have no ax to grind,ideological positions bore me…
    But I must be “suger coating” things,how naive of me…

  6. on 29 May 2007 at 2:12 am

    Sheesh. I thought I was being even-handed. Am I coming at it from an ideological position? Perhaps.

    Actually, I’m more concerned that Chavez is openly proclaiming a new society based on socialist principles – an ideology that resulted in the deaths of tens of millions of people in the twentieth century, not to mention the enslavement of half a continent.

    I acknowledged quite clearly that Chavez was elected by popular acclaim. That’s a historical fact. And I would agree that it would seem that opposition to Chavez is led in part by right-wing extremists. But being on the opposite side of neocons doesn’t give Chavez a free pass to rule his country (ie. parliament, the courts, the military, the police, the media, yada yada yada) with a cult of personality.

  7. on 29 May 2007 at 11:07 pm

    Here is some more info,this from people who study media matters….

    …”On April 11, 2002, the day of the coup, when military and civilian opposition leaders held press conferences calling for Chávez’s ouster, RCTV hosted top coup plotter Carlos Ortega, who rallied demonstrators to the march on the presidential palace. On the same day, after the anti-democratic overthrow appeared to have succeeded, another coup leader, Vice-Admiral Victor Ramírez Pérez, told a Venevisión reporter (4/11/02): “We had a deadly weapon: the media. And now that I have the opportunity, let me congratulate you.”

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